Treatment challenges for alcohol service users in Kampala, Uganda

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

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Title Treatment challenges for alcohol service users in Kampala, Uganda
 
Creator Kalema, David; Ghent University
Vanderplasschen, Wouter; Ghent University
Vindevogel, Sofie; University College Ghent
Baguma, Peter K; Makerere University
Derluyn, Ilse; Ghent University
 
Subject substance abuse; psychology: clinical psychology
alcohol abuse; addiction; treatment barriers; Sub-Saharan Africa; Uganda; aualitative research
 
Description Kalema, D., Vanderplasschen, W., Vindevogel, S., Baguma, P., & Derluyn, I. (201X). Treatment challenges for alcohol service users in Kampala, Uganda. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, X(Y), N-M. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.vXiY.240Background and Aims: Enhancing treatment participation of persons with substance use disorders is a challenge worldwide. Obstacles keeping people from entering or continuing treatment are well documented in Western countries, but such knowledge is scarce in majority countries that face particular challenges when implementing alcohol policies. This study aimed at identifying factors challenging treatment participation in Uganda, a Sub-Saharan country with a considerable alcohol problem.Methods: Data were collected during 30 in-depth, qualitative interviews on treatment challenges with 20 service providers and 10 male service users, who were recruited at one public and one private alcohol treatment center in the Ugandan capital city, Kampala. Men comprise about 90% of the total number of service users in these centers. Interview data were analyzed thematically, using Nvivo software, and were categorized around three levels of treatment challenges: societal, institutional, and personal challenges.Findings: Interview findings showed several treatment challenges relating to institutional aspects like inadequate human resources, overall insufficiency of services, and the treatment philosophy of available services. Respondents identified stigma and cultural interference as important challenges at the societal level, while limited awareness about addiction and denial of problems can be situated at the individual level.Conclusions: Institutional, societal, and personal challenges keep persons with AUD from participating in alcohol treatment in public and private services in Uganda. Alcohol regulation, sensitization, and prevention are needed to raise awareness at the societal and individual level, while appropriate training and additional financial resources may help to overcome institutional challenges.
 
Publisher Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS)
 
Contributor
 
Date 2017-05-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

qualitative research; in-depth interviews
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/240
10.7895/ijadr.v0i0.240
 
Source The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; Early View Papers and Abstracts
1925-7066
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/240/413
 
Coverage africa; majority countries
data collected in 2014
20 service providers and 10 male service users; at one public and one private alcohol treatment center in the Ugandan capital city; Kampala.
 
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